1. US House reverses 181-year-old-rule to appease newly elected Muslim
For 181 years, you haven’t been able to wear head coverings on the floor of the House of Representatives. Now, however, after the election of the first hijab-wearing Muslim representative, that’s about to be changed.
According to the New York Post, the election of Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar will put an end to a rule that was originally meant to differentiate Congress from British Parliament.
Parlimentarians had a tradition of wearing hats on the floor of Westminster. Given that we took up coffee as our national beverage (and even threw that dastardly tea over the sides of some ships in Boston Harbor) to let the British know how we felt about their institutions, banning hats only seemed to come naturally.
However, in the age of Ilhan Omar, that’s changing.
2. Six Bangladeshis apprehended in 12 hours at Texas border
Laredo Sector Border Patrol agents continue to find illegal immigrants from Bangladesh who cross the border from Mexico. During a 12-hour period beginning on Saturday evening, six Bangladeshi nationals were apprehended in two separate incidents.
Agents assigned to the Laredo South Border Patrol Station came upon a group of four suspected illegal immigrants while patrolling near Masterson Road in Laredo, Texas, on Saturday. The agents conducted interviews as part of Laredo Sector line watch operations. The questioning revealed the four young men were Bangladeshi nationals, according to Laredo Sector Border Patrol officials.
The following morning, Laredo South Station agents carrying out line watch operations came upon another group of two suspected illegal immigrants walking near Oleander Street in Laredo. An interview with the subjects revealed the young men to also be Bangladeshi who were smuggled into the U.S., officials reported.
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4. School has seventeen children changing gender as teacher says vulnerable pupils are being “tricked” into believing they are the wrong sex
An astonishing 17 pupils at a single British school are in the process of changing gender, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
Most of the youngsters undergoing the transformation are autistic, according to a teacher there, who said vulnerable children with mental health problems were being “tricked” into believing they are the wrong sex.
The whistleblower says few of the transgender children are suffering from gender dysphoria – the medical term for someone who feels they were born in the wrong body – but are just easily influenced, latching on to the mistaken belief they are the wrong sex as a way of coping with the problems caused by autism.
Earlier this year, The Mail on Sunday revealed that a third of youngsters referred to the NHS’s only gender identity clinic for children showed “moderate to severe autistic traits.”
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6. Saudi Arabia: King Salman pledges Saudi Arabia will fulfil “God's sharia law”
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz addressed Shoura Council in Riyadh on Monday, outlining his country's stance on various international issues.
Saudi King stressed that "this country will not refrain from fulfilling God's sharia law" after mentioning that it's involvement in Yemeni war is "a duty to support the Yemeni people."
"The kingdom was founded on the Islamic system, which is based on fulfilling justice, and takes pride in the efforts of the judiciary and the public prosecution to guide the nation and shouldering the responsibilities," stressed King Salman.
Despite the anticipation, no comments on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi were made.
7. “Enough, Enough, Enough”: Australia ready to slash migrant intake
A major cut in Australia’s migrant intake has been promised by Prime Minister Scott Morrison who says the country’s major cities have buses, trains and schools that “are full.”
Mr. Morrison delivered a speech in Sydney on Monday night pledging he heard voters who are concerned about the human tide flooding the nation’s major capital cities, including Sydney and Melbourne.
“Population growth has played a key role in our economic success. But I also know Australians in our biggest cities are concerned about population,” he said.
“They are saying ‘Enough, enough, enough’. The roads are clogged, the buses and trains are full. The schools are taking no more enrolments. I hear what you are saying. I hear you loud and clear.”
8. Christmas terror threat: Shoppers and retailers “must help prevent attacks”
COUNTER-terrorism bosses are urging Christmas shoppers and staff working in busy shops to be extra-vigilant over the festive season at a time when police and M15 are involved in 700 live terror investigations.
And they have also reminded retailers adequate preparations can prevent a repeat of scenes in Oxford Street last Christmas, when a clash between two members of the public caused panic because people feared a terrorist attack was underway.
Police say they have no specific intelligence about an increased threat during the holiday period – but are nevertheless planning to increase patrols and deploy specially trained plain-clothes officers, and have stressed they need the help of the public too.
Chief Superintendent Nick Aldworth said: "As people are enjoying the festive season they will see a visible security presence with police patrols and additional security in crowded places.”
9. Reports: Israel will quit Global Migration Pact
Israel will reportedly withdraw from the UN Global Compact on Migration at the request of the United States, Hungary and Austria.
Israel National News’ website, citing Channel 10 News reporter Barak David, reported Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely of the decision at a meeting Monday.
“We are coordinating with the Americans on the subject of the UN International Migration Agreement,” Netanyahu reportedly said. “We are considering the issue. In principle, we are not in favor of the agreement, and is what will happen.”
The decision means Israel won’t ratify the pact during an international conference that’ll be held in Marrakesh, Morocco, the Israeli news site reported.
Axios also reported the expected withdrawal. The pact is non-binding, and calls for increased cooperation between countries around the world on legal and illegal immigration and sets guidelines for immigration.
10. Three arrested in alleged terror plot in Melbourne
MELBOURNE (AFP) - Three men were arrested early Tuesday for allegedly plotting terror attacks in Melbourne less than two weeks after a terror-related stabbing rampage left two dead in Australia's second largest city, police said.
The trio, all Australian nationals of Turkish descent, were nabbed in overnight raids as they escalated preparations to attack crowded areas of Melbourne, according to police.
The men were “certainly inspired by ISIS”, the so-called Islamic State group, but had no known links to a specific organisation, Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said.
The three, who were not named, had been under investigation since March but had become “more energised” since the IS-inspired stabbing attack in Melbourne on November 9, he said.